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Virgil van Dijk ‘tells Southampton’ the club he wants to join this summer

Dutch defender still keen on switch to Anfield despite controversial collapse of proposed move earlier this summer

VIRGIL VAN DIJK is pushing Southampton to finally let him seal his dream move to Liverpool, according to reports.

Van Dijk had been all set to make a £60million move to Anfield earlier in the summer after Jurgen Klopp made him his number one defensive target.

Virgil van Dijk is understood to be keen to finally seal a move to Liverpool

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Virgil van Dijk is understood to be keen to finally seal a move to Liverpool

Van Dijk has linked back up with Southampton for pre-season training but is desperate to move to Anfield

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Van Dijk has linked back up with Southampton for pre-season training but is desperate to move to Anfield

But the move collapsed in controversial circumstances after Southampton lodged a complaint to the Premier League about alleged tapping up of the player.


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Liverpool were forced into an embarrassing climb-down as they issued a public apology to Saints and vowed to end their interest in the defender.

That left Van Dijk stuck in a the wilderness, having been forced to accept he was staying at Southampton when he clearly thought he was moving to Merseyside.

The 26-year-old has reported back for pre-season training with his club and knuckled down to his work with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Liverpool boss Klopp has maintained his interest in the hope his bosses could re-open lines of negotiation with the Saints board.

But the Reds owners told him earlier this month he should forget about trying to revive the deal, fearful of upsetting Southampton further.

Virgil van Dijk saw his move to Liverpool collapse earlier this summer

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Virgil van Dijk saw his move to Liverpool collapse earlier this summer
Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk is on his way back to full fitness after injury

Yet now reports are emerging from the south coast that Van Dijk may take matters into his own hands in an effort to engineer the transfer.

The Dutch international is hugely tempted by the chance to move to one of the Premier League's biggest clubs - and the opportunity to play Champions League football.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains interested in signing Van Dijk this summer

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains interested in signing Van Dijk this summer

New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino may have to concede defeat in his attempts to keep Virgil van Dijk

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New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino may have to concede defeat in his attempts to keep Virgil van Dijk

And he is said to have told his bosses at St Mary's that he wants them to re-open talks with Liverpool about finally agreeing to a move.

Saints boss Pellegrino would be a reluctant seller, knowing it would be hard to replace a player of Van Dijk's quality.

But if they could squeeze extra money out of the Liverpool and agree a fee closer to £70m, it would be hard for the club to reject a deal.


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